All Change! Improvements for rural bus services and hackney carriage provisions completed
Work to improve facilities for rural bus passengers and increase
the provision for hackney carriages in Bedford town centre is now
Previously, a number of rural bus routes picked up and dropped
off from outside the shops on Greyfriars. These bus stops have now
been moved into the bus station and will become operational from
Sunday 3rd June.
This will improve the service which rural bus passengers receive
as they will be dropped off inside the bus station and will no
longer need to cross the busy Greyfriars to reach the majority of
the town centre shops.
In addition to improving the service to bus users, the changes
have also allowed the Council to increase the provision for hackney
carriages in the town centre. The bus bays on Greyfriars (near the
junction with Midland Road, outside the QD shop) and River Street
(bus lane by the side of Tesco Express) have both been relocated to
the bus station and replaced with taxi ranks. Similarly, the bus
bay on Harpur Street has also been relocated to the bus station and
extra provision for disabled parking added in its place.
There is still space for approximately 4 blue badge vehicles and
3 hackney carriages at the bus station.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Earlier this
year, the Council opened a consultation to try and improve the
facilities for rural bus users as well as increasing the taxi rank
provision in the town centre.
“A number of rural bus users are elderly or have mobility
problems and have told us they found it difficult to access the
stops across Greyfriars. These changes will significantly improve
the provision for these users by locating the stops in a more
convenient location as well as providing seating and shelters.
“In addition, we have also increased the amount of space for
hackney cabs in the town centre and provided new taxi ranks in
“I am pleased this work has now been completed and we have found
a solution to these issues.”
The new bus stops will become operational from Sunday 3rd June
2012. Notices have added at the stops which will be relocating.
Taxi ranks now located on Greyfriars (near the junction with
Midland Road, outside the QD store) and River Street (bus lane by
the side of Tesco Express).
The following bus routes will now be located in the bus station
forecourt: Routes 25-29, 151, 152, 154